Bil Browning

1 in 3 American Adults Sleepwalk [Not Gay Open Thread]

Filed By Bil Browning | May 15, 2012 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: scientific study, sleepwalking

bigstock-Young-man-sleepwalking-dress-w-31748663.jpgA new study of 16,000 adults in 15 states found that about 29% said they have sleepwalked at least once in their life. It's only happened once to me, but it was particularly disturbing.

Last December, I popped an Ambien before bed - a normal occurrence when I'm hypomanic or can't sleep. While I sleep in the nude, I woke up on the couch wearing one of my smallest pairs of underwear and tennis shoes. I'd made myself a little bed on the couch - complete with a blanket and pillow.

Laying on the table beside the couch was a half eaten 3 Musketeers candy bar that wasn't in our apartment when we'd gone to bed. I don't really like that candy and would never pick it as a treat.

It was a particularly cold night that evening, so I've always wondered what I must have looked like trudging along in a pair of skivvies and tennis shoes to pick up a candy bar. The closest spot to get a late night munchie is about four blocks away. And where did I put my wallet and keys so I could buy the treat and get back in the apartment?

Have you ever sleepwalked? What did you do? Does it happen regularly? I'm fascinated (and a little scared it will happen again!).

(Sleepwalking image via Bigstock)


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